Helping Low Income Tenants: Samantha Lednicky to Receive 2020 Pro Bono Service Award
Samantha Lednicky, an attorney with MURDOCH HUGHES TWAROG TARNELLI Attorneys at Law, P.C., will receive the 2020 Pro Bono Service Award at the Vermont Bar Association’s Mid-Year meeting.
Samantha was nominated by Judge Helen Toor, a Superior Court Judge sitting in Chittenden County, for her volunteer work with the Landlord Tenant Rent Escrow Clinic. For the past three years Samantha has provided monthly pro bono services for tenants facing evictions in Chittenden County. Stable and habitable housing are key factors in the ability to maintain employment, reduce stress and anxiety, and reduce adverse health effects. Samantha has taken a number of pro bono cases to trial and received favorable verdicts for her low income clients. Recently she won an appeal to the Vermont Supreme Court which resulted in the creation of favorable protections for tenants. Kwon v. Edson, 2019 VT 59 affirmed the availability of punitive damages for tenants when landlords attempt to illegally evict them and fail to provide basic necessities such as heat and hot water.
Samantha has now developed a niche tenant practice representing tenants facing significant habitability problems in their rental units.
Over the past few years, in addition to her volunteer work at the Rent Escrow Clinic Samantha has been active within the legal community, serving on various committees including serving as the Chair of Vermont Bar Association Women’s Division, member of the Pro Bono Committee, and heading up a mentorship program with Vermont Law School.